Democracy is coming to the U.S.A…

“It’s coming from the silence /on the dock of the bay,
from the brave, the bold, the battered/heart of Chevrolet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.”

A few lines from Leonard Cohen’s song “Democracy” as a kind of answer to the strand of pessimism which my post of yesterday provoked [on Facebook].  I note also in the respone a plea that Donald Trump’s support [and also those who supported Brexit] should not routinely be disrespected.   I agree with this. And yet I can’t see Trump’s protectionism delivering the change he promises to America’s rust belt.  I think Obama’s effort’s to bring change deserve more credit than they are given but  the banking crisis which he inherited was a huge barrier to rolling out programmes to meet the needs of those who have now turned to Trump. My own view:  ultimately the problems capitalism faces  are systemic and and a genuine solution will require a more radical change than either Trump or Obama have yet begun to contemplate. [See previous post: Post Capitalism: A Guide to the Future.]  But in the meantime why not lift your spirits with a listen to Cohen’s expression of faith in the United States of America.  [Forgive the ad]

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